Competition in the Sea: Rolex vs. Omega Dive Watches Replica Watch Review

Replica Rolex and Replica Omega are renowned and admired for their dive watches. In direct comparison, which one of the two leading brands dives deeper, offers more value for the money and performs better?

The Submariner divers’ watch has been one of Rolex’s most popular models, and not only since its redesign in 2020. Omega has also renewed its popular Planet Ocean, Diver 300M and Seamaster 300 collections in recent years. But in what area can one brand overtake the other?

Selection
Rolex only has three dive watches in its lineup: the Submariner, the Sea-Dweller and the Deepsea. If you count the Submariner without date indicator as a separate model, then the total increases to four. In addition, there are only a few variations: the Deepsea is available with two different dials, while the Submariner is available in steel, gold and in a mixture of both, and with dials and bezels in various colors. Rolex’s collection of dive watches has a total of 12 variants. Strap variations or complications beyond time, date and rotating bezel cannot be found in the Rolex dive watch lineup.

Omega offers considerably more choice: the brand’s Dive Watches homepage currently lists 117 variants. The four collections — the Diver 300M, the Seamaster 300, the Planet Ocean and the Ploprof — offer cases in various sizes that are made from different materials, in addition to strap variations, diverse colors and additional functions. In addition to steel cases, there are also titanium cases and even ceramic ones in various colors. Omega also has something to offer in today’s popular retro style with the revised Seamaster 300. Rolex, on the other hand, changes the design of its models very slowly, but still keeps them up to date.

Left: Rolex’s least expensive dive watch Right: the most affordable
entry into the world of Omega’s dive watches

Daily Wearer
The Planet Ocean and the Submariner Date are directly comparable. Both are watches that can be worn every day. Omega’s model remains water resistant to a depth of 600 meters, while the Rolex makes do with 300 meters. The Omega also includes a helium- release valve and encases manufacture Caliber 8900, which can defy even the strongest magnetic fields, despite having a glass caseback.

Omega offers a significantly better price-performance ratio here. However, Rolex has been using the newer Caliber 3235 in its Submariner Date since 2020, so this model is likely to retain its value better than the Omega, which puts Omega’s initial price advantage in a somewhat different light.

The Movements
Since last year, Rolex has only used two different in-house movements: the 3230 without date for the Submariner and the 3235 for all other dive watches. Both offer 70 hours of power reserve. Omega relies mostly on calibers from the 8000 series and chronograph movements from the 9000 series. These feature Omega’s efficient co-axial escapement and a 60-hour power reserve. Rolex’s calibers have proven to be extremely robust and precise, but Omega’s movements achieved better average rate values in recent tests. Furthermore, Omega went to great lengths to develop comprehensive protection against magnetic fields without a soft iron inner case. Thanks to antimagnetic components in the movement, magnetic fields cannot impair the rate accuracy, so Omega can, and almost always does, install a glass back. Rolex is also constantly improving its movements. Here, both manufacturers are at the same high level, with Omega offering a nicer finish on its movements.

Current Projects
In 2017, Rolex supported the “Under the Pole III” expedition, in which divers explored the ocean beneath the polar ice cap and off the shores of Antarctica. The brand also participated in the Deepsea Challenge in 2012, when filmmaker James Cameron became the first person to reach the deepest point in the sea since the 1960 expedition, which was also supported by Rolex. In 1960 and again in 2012, the exterior of the submersible carried a Rolex concept watch that had been specially developed for this ordeal: the “Deepsea Challenge” is pressure resistant to a depth of 12,000 meters. The developers of this deep diver were able to use the Ringlock system of the Deepsea model and thus achieved wearable dimensions of 51.4 mm in diameter and 28.5 mm in height. As a tribute to this expedition, the Deepsea model was given a “D-blue” gradient dial.

In 2019, Omega followed Rolex’s example and sent a wristwatch into the Mariana Trench. Developed expressly for this purpose, Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional reached a record depth of 10,925 meters on the exterior of the “Limiting Factor” submersible owned by the extreme adventurer Victor Lance Vescovo. Omega built only three pieces of this 55-mm-diameter and 28-mm-tall watch. None of the three is for sale, and all survived the immense pressure intact.

Omega also supports the Nekton Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the seas, and has created a special model of the Seamaster Diver 300m with a likeness of the Nekton submersible on the caseback. So here both brands are working hard to outdo each other.

Conclusion
All in all, it’s obvious that each brand has its own specific strengths. Rolex came up with the helium-release valve, Omega with the Ploprof. Rolex sent its watches to the deepest trenches of the ocean’s floor earlier, but Omega has gained ground in recent years,especially with its co-axial movements with built-in protection against magnetic fields. In addition, Omega’s image has been enhanced by the presence of its quality replica watch on James Bond’s wrist. While Rolex impresses with the highly pressure-resistant and ingeniously designed Deepsea, Omega offers an enormous variety of dive-watch models.

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